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Despite the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated more in 2020 to humanitarian relief than ever before, noted Bishop L. Todd Budge, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.

In the most recent general conference, Bishop Budge highlighted the generosity of Latter-day Saints which has allowed the Church to organize over 1,500 COVID-19 relief projects in more than 150 countries.

In addition to COVID-19-related projects, the Church has also responded to 933 natural disasters and refugee crises in 108 countries, Sister Sharon Eubank, a member of the Relief Society general presidency and director of Latter-day Saint Charities, reported during her conference address.

As the Church and its members continue to seek to care for the needy, here are 10 things you might not know about Latter-day Saint Charities, the Church’s humanitarian arm, taken from its blog (“10 Facts about Latter-day Saint Charities,” Aug. 20, 2020):

1. Origins

Latter-day Saint Charities was originally formed in 1985 to respond to the devastating famine in Ethiopia that year. Two worldwide fasts were held, raising over $11 million for the relief effort. 

2. Mission

Latter-day Saint Charities helps others feel the love of Jesus Christ by relieving suffering, instilling hope, and building stability to strengthen families and promote individual dignity.

3. Name

Humanitarian Services was the original name of Latter-day Saint Charities. Any relief efforts the Church provides can be considered the work of Latter-day Saint Charities. 

4. Funding

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